Family and friends of Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney have gathered with his contemporaries and dignitaries to pay last respects to one Ireland's literary greats.
The internationally acclaimed 74-year-old writer died unexpectedly in hospital on Friday after a short illness.
Mourners at his funeral at the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in the south of Dublin - near where the Northern Ireland-born poet made his home - were led by his widow Marie and children Michael, Christopher and Catherine Ann.
Irish President MIchael D Higgins, himself a published poet, attended along with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former president Mary McAleese and her husband Martin. Heaney will be buried in his native Bellaghy in Co Derry - a village that inspired so much of his work.
His lifelong friend and poetry contemporary Michael Longley was among the mourners, along with musician Paul Brady and U2 stars Bono - with his wife Ali Hewson - Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton.
Heaney has been hailed as the greatest poet Ireland produced since William Butler Yeats. Former US president Bill Clinton has been among those paying tribute, describing Heaney as "our finest poet of the rhythms of ordinary lives" and a "powerful voice for peace".
A hastily arranged celebration of the poet's life in Belfast's Lyric theatre on Saturday night was packed to capacity as the audience was treated to poignant recitals of his best known works.Books of condolences are open in Derry, Belfast and Dublin.
Mr Kenny has said it would take Heaney himself to describe the depth of loss Ireland felt over his death.
Chief celebrant of the Mass, Monsignor Brendan Devlin, opened the service with the remark that Heaney might have liked to have his funeral celebrated by someone with a Northern accent. He summed up why the poet was held in such high regard by people from all walks of life.
"He could speak to the King of Sweden, an Oxford don or a south Derry neighbour with the directness of a common and shared humanity," he said.